No, you don’t need a solar battery, but it is the way of the future.
A battery enables you store the solar energy your roof panels are producing, so you can use it on a rainy day. A battery can also make you completely self-sufficient, providing enough energy for you to get ‘off-the-grid’. Batteries are expensive, but this is one area of solar technology that’s changing rapidly and prices will eventually come down.
Off-grid installations are being used in our area and they are increasingly more financially viable in instances where the cost of installing a new grid connection is prohibitively high. Enova partners with off grid experts who are very experienced in the custom design of off grid systems to give you the very best technical advice if this is what you want to achieve.
This is one of the most common questions people ask. The answer is: every home and business is different. There’s also a range of factors to consider. Use our Solar Calculator to help you determine what you need.
Solar technology is changing rapidly. With this in mind, there are no guarantees that new solar panels will be compatible with older panels. This applies to inverters and batteries too. Talk to our team to get advice about the right equipment for your needs. 02 5622 1700
Yes, in theory, but it’s not necessarily advisable for a few important reasons. Firstly, you need a certified electrician to wire the system to your fuse box.
Secondly, there’s also the consideration that some types of roofs, such as metal, tile, and some commercial structures will require special mounting frames which can make the job more complex. And thirdly, you might run the risk of voiding any of the warranties if you don’t use a qualified installer. But the bottom line is that your solar just won’t work properly if it’s not installed correctly –you might have invested in the top-of-the-range equipment, but you won’t see the benefits if it’s not installed properly.
The sun provides an endless stream of clean energy. When the sun shines on the solar panels on your roof, Direct Current (DC) electricity is created. DC travels to the system inverter where it is changed from DC to AC (Alternating Current) which is the kind of current that’s needed for your home. This AC travels to the circuit breaker panel (also known as the fuse box) in your home and powers all of your appliances – anything that’s plugged in.
If your solar panels are generating more electricity than you’re using, then the extra energy is pumped to the grid and made available to other users.
When this happens you will be paid a feed-in tariff. To view Enova’s Solar Plans, click here.
A gross meter measures the entire output of your system, combining the amount of solar energy you are consuming and the amount you’re exporting. Gross metering applies when you export all of the electricity you generate to the grid. Net metering allows you to separate the energy you consume and the energy you export.